Muscat, The production of standard grade petrol
(M-91) by Omani refineries increased by 44% to touch 14.9 million
barrels till the end of December 2018, over the same period of last
year. However, the output of super grade petrol (M-95) declined by
16% to 12.1 million barrels during January-December period of this
year, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics
and Information (NCSI).
The surge in production of standard grade petrol over super grade
petrol was supported by a significant growth in demand. The Sultanate
has two refineries � Mina Al Fahal (Muscat) and Sohar Refinery, which
are owned by Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company
The NCSI report also showed that gas oil (diesel) output rose by
21% to 30.3 million barrels, while aviation fuel production jumped by
82% to 13.3 million barrels during the 12-month period of 2018, over
the same period of the previous year. Production of liquefied petroleum
gas (LPG) also rose by 19% to 7.2 million barrels during the period
Of the total production of M-91 grade petrol (which is the cheapest
petrol available in the market), 11.9 million barrels were sold in the
However, domestic sales of M-95 grade petrol fell by 26% to reach
11.4 million barrels, while sales of gas oil (diesel) within the country
stood steady at 15.7 million barrels during the 12-month period of
2018. Domestic sales of aviation fuel oil fell by 2% to reach at 4.7
million barrels, while LPG sales within the country rose 9% to 2.5
million barrels during January-December period of 2018.
As far as petrochemicals are concerned, production of polypropylene
by Orpic in 2018 fell by 4% to 258 thousand metric tons, while output
of paraxylene and benzene rose by 6% and 1% to 691 thousand metric
tons and 244 thousand metric tons, respectively.
Further, Omani refineries exported 234 thousand metric tons of
benzene during the first 12 months of 2018, while exports of
paraxylene and polypropylene stood at 664 thousand metric tons and
206 thousand metric tons, respectively.
Source: Oman News Agency